Andy Harris http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Harris Measure to Overturn Pot Decriminalization in DC http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/harris-measure-overturn-pot-decriminalization-dc <p>A measure to block the decriminalization of marijuana in Washington D.C. by Congressman Andy Harris has made it through the House of Representatives as part of legislation approved yesterday on Capitol Hill.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that House Democrats who oppose the measure made no attempt to block it since that effort would fail in the Republican led House.</p><p>The Eastern Shore Republican’s proposal was part of the spending bill for the District and some federal agencies.</p><p>That legislation was approved by a vote of 228-to-195.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:35:47 +0000 Don Rush 57918 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Harris Measure to Overturn Pot Decriminalization in DC Undocumented Immigrant Children Will Not Be Located in Carroll County http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/undocumented-immigrant-children-will-not-be-located-carroll-county <p>WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The federal government has decided not to use a vacant Army Reserve building in Westminster to temporarily house immigrant children after objections from Carroll County officials.</p><p>A spokesman for Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris tells WBAL Radio that the congressman was notified late Saturday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided not to use the Westminster facility.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:41:02 +0000 Don Rush 57706 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Undocumented Immigrant Children Will Not Be Located in Carroll County DC Mayor Calls for Boycott of Eastern Shore http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/dc-mayor-calls-boycott-eastern-shore <p>WASHINGTON (AP)- The mayor of the District of Columbia is urging residents to boycott the Eastern Shore of Maryland this holiday, because of its congressional representative's position on decriminalizing marijuana.</p><p>Mayor Vincent Gray said at a Wednesday news conference that the city's residents shouldn't support someone who doesn't support them.</p><p>The mayor is referring to Rep. Andy Harris, who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore. Harris successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would overturn the city's marijuana decriminalization law.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:36:06 +0000 Don Rush 57126 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net DC Mayor Calls for Boycott of Eastern Shore Rep. Andy Harris Proposes Private Insurance Option for Vets http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rep-andy-harris-proposes-private-insurance-option-vets <p>Congressman Andy Harris wants veterans to be able to opt out of the Veterans health Administration to seek care from a private insurer.</p><p>The Maryland Republican’s proposal would be called the Veteran’s Choice Plan and would provide coverage comparable to what federal employees get through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.</p><p>Harris’ proposal follows the scandal that has rocked the Veteran’s Administration which has found falsified records for waiting times to get medical appointments.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:12:52 +0000 Don Rush 55156 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Rep. Andy Harris Proposes Private Insurance Option for Vets Feds Will Investigate Maryland's Troubled Health Exchange http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/feds-will-investigate-marylands-troubled-health-exchange <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland congressman says the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to investigate Maryland's troubled health care exchange.</p><p>Rep. Andy Harris confirmed in a statement Monday that his office has been notified that the inspector general will begin an investigation into the exchange.</p><p>Harris, the state's only Republican congressman, says he has confidence that the nonpartisan and independent inspector general will thoroughly investigate "one of the worst exchange roll outs in the country."</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:59:32 +0000 Don Rush 50538 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Feds Will Investigate Maryland's Troubled Health Exchange Andy Harris Threatens Md Over Phospherous Regulations http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/andy-harris-threatens-md-over-phospherous-regulations <p>Representative Andy Harris says if the state does not implement the new phosphorous regulations for the agriculture industry properly he will take action on the federal level.</p><p>During a meeting with the Eastern Shore delegation in Annapolis last week the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Republican congressman said if the new regulations hurt farmers then he will consider with holding money from the state of Maryland.</p><p>The phosphorous management tool would alter the way the amount of phosphorous is applied by farmers.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:44:26 +0000 Don Rush 50534 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Andy Harris Threatens Md Over Phospherous Regulations Call for Congressional Investigation Into MD's Trouble Health Exchange http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/call-congressional-investigation-mds-trouble-health-exchange <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Republican Maryland congressman says he believes the investigative arm of Congress should look into problems with the state's health care exchange website.</p><p>The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday agreed to a request from a group of House Republicans to audit how $304 million in federal grants were spent on the Oregon health exchange website. A GAO spokesman says other states with troubled exchanges will be included as the investigation goes forward.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:55:44 +0000 Don Rush 50345 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Call for Congressional Investigation Into MD's Trouble Health Exchange Another Candidate Drops Out of Race Against Harris http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/another-candidate-drops-out-race-against-harris <p>Another candidate has backed out of running against Congressman Andy Harris.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Bridget Kelly has pulled out of the race less than a month after entering the Democratic primary.</p><p>Earlier this month Harford County resident Joseph Werner dropped out to take a shot at county executive.</p><p>This leaves Chestertown physician John LaFerla and retired attorney Bill Tilghman still in the hunt for the Democratic nomination.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:27:39 +0000 Don Rush 49600 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Another Candidate Drops Out of Race Against Harris Rep. Andy Harris Votes Aye on Trillion Dollar Spending Bill http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rep-andy-harris-votes-aye-trillion-dollar-spending-bill <p>Congressman Andy Harris voted for a fiscal 2014 spending bill that would provide just over $1 trillion in federal government money after opposing a similar measure that he said did not emphasize savings.</p><p>The measure passed the house on a vote of 359-to67.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that while the Eastern Shore Republican believes the spending caps are still too high he said in a statement that the measure preserved many of his fiscally conservative goals.</p><p>Harris was one of nine Republican who voted against the budget deal but then supported the spending bill.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:20:58 +0000 Don Rush 47826 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Rep. Andy Harris Votes Aye on Trillion Dollar Spending Bill Congressman Harris Files For Reelection http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/congressman-harris-files-reelection <p>Congressman Andy Harris has filed papers to seek another term in office after winning re-election two years ago with almost 64 percent of the vote.</p><p>The Eastern Shore Republican has turned in one of the most conservative records on Capitol Hill.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times notes that Harris voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief legislation saying the nation’s flood insurance program needed to be restructured.</p><p>In addition, he has voted for repealing the Affordable Care Act or ports of it dozens of times.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:01:54 +0000 Don Rush 47469 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Congressman Harris Files For Reelection Rep. Andy Harris Against Straight Jobless Benefits Extension http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rep-andy-harris-against-straight-jobless-benefits-extension <p>Eastern Shore Republican Andy Harris says he is against extending emergency unemployment insurance without a job creation plan.</p><p>Congressman Harris told the Capital News Service that he would favor a project like the Keystone pipeline that would transport crude oil from Canada and the northern U.S. to Texas. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen is pushing for an extension of jobless benefits and paying for them with cuts in agriculture subsidies.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:56:31 +0000 Don Rush 47404 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Rep. Andy Harris Against Straight Jobless Benefits Extension Rep. Andy Harris And Challengers on the Issues http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rep-andy-harris-and-challengers-issues <p>Congressman Andy Harris says he is not optimistic about the budget battles that loom within the coming months.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:46:05 +0000 Don Rush 43265 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Rep. Andy Harris And Challengers on the Issues Congressman Andy Harris Opposed Budget Deal http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/congressman-andy-harris-opposed-budget-deal <p>Congressman Andy Harris opposed last night&rsquo;s bipartisan deal that reopened the federal government and extended the nation&rsquo;s debt ceiling.</p><p>The Eastern Shore Republican in a statement that he could not back a measure that would continue spending levels and does not reduce the $650-billion budget deficit.</p><p>He also blasted the continuing exemption of congressional members from the Affordable Care Act as well as other &ldquo;accounting gimmicks.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:37:27 +0000 Don Rush 43082 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Congressman Andy Harris Opposed Budget Deal Reaction Comes in From Government Shutdown http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/reaction-comes-government-shutdown <p>The district offices of Congressman Andy Harris have been closed and his district staff furloughed as the effect of the government shutdown begins to spread.</p><p>The Eastern Shore Republican says he is preparing to donate his paycheck as the government shutdown takes hold.</p><p>His Washington office will be manned by two staff members.</p><p>In a statement issued on Tuesday Harris blamed the President and Senate for the shutdown calling the Affordable Care Act a disaster that will cripple the Maryland economy.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:29:05 +0000 Don Rush 42224 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Reaction Comes in From Government Shutdown Delmarva Congressional Delegation Divided on Syrian Military Strike http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delmarva-congressional-delegation-divided-syrian-military-strike <p>Senator Chris Coons tried to make the case for a military strike against Syria during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” program saying that it would deter another chemical weapons attack.</p><p>He said that not to act would result in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would continue to slaughter his people with chemical weapons.</p><p>The Delaware Democrat in the Senator Foreign Relations Committee voted to support authorization for military force and added an amendment with Senator John McCain to use military force to change the momentum on the battle field for the rebels.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:33:17 +0000 Don Rush 40805 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delmarva Congressional Delegation Divided on Syrian Military Strike Senator Cardin Back President's Aims in Syria, Congressman Harris Leans Against Air Strike http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/senator-cardin-back-presidents-aims-syria-congressman-harris-leans-against-air-strike <p>Senator Ben Cardin told Secretary of State John Kerry at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing yesterday that he supports the president's objective in Syria.</p><p>However, the Maryland Democrat added that the believed the military response should be limited.</p><p>He noted that the White House resolution language does not close the foor on the use of U.S. troops on the ground.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:53:43 +0000 Don Rush 40537 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Senator Cardin Back President's Aims in Syria, Congressman Harris Leans Against Air Strike Andy Harris Backs Tying Debt Ceiling to Obamacare http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/andy-harris-backs-tying-debt-ceiling-obamacare <p>Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md) says he backs tying the an increase in the debt ceiling with undoing the Affordable Card Act. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the Eastern Shore&nbsp; Republican at a town hall meeting in Fruitland.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:03:51 +0000 Don Rush 39784 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Andy Harris Backs Tying Debt Ceiling to Obamacare Quick Retort From Rep. Harris on Zimmerman Verdict http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/quick-retort-rep-harris-zimmerman-verdict <p><strong>Rep. Andy Harris</strong></p><p>“Get over it.”</p><p>Those were the words of Congressman Andy Harris had for those disappointed by the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial for the shooting death of an African American teenager.</p><p>The Eastern Shore Republican told WMAL, “We’re hung up on this one case, where this one fellow was, in fact, found not guilty by a jury.”</p><p>The Maryland congressman went on to say “That’s the way the American law system works.”</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:43:41 +0000 Don Rush 37848 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Quick Retort From Rep. Harris on Zimmerman Verdict Eastern Shore Republican to Head MD GOP http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/eastern-shore-republican-head-md-gop <p><strong>New MD GOP Chair </strong></p><p></p><p>TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - Eastern Shore realtor Diana Waterman has been elected chairwoman of the Maryland Republican Party.</p><p>The Queen Anne's County realtor and bookkeeper was elected Saturday at the party's spring convention in Timonium. Waterman will serve out the term of Alex Mooney, a former state senator who announced in February that he was stepping down from the post. Waterman has been serving as interim chairwoman.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:47:16 +0000 Don Rush 32860 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Eastern Shore Republican to Head MD GOP John LaFerla Plans Second Run Against Rep. Andy Harris http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/john-laferla-plans-second-run-against-rep-andy-harris <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Dr. John LaFerla is formally filing his candidacy for the Democratic primary next year to run in Maryland's 1st District congressional race.</p><p>LaFerla says he plans to file in Annapolis on Wednesday.</p><p>LaFerla barely lost the last primary for the 1st District to Wendy Rosen, who dropped out abruptly in 2012 after the state Democratic Party found out she had voted in Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:56:05 +0000 Don Rush 32221 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net John LaFerla Plans Second Run Against Rep. Andy Harris Sequester to Hit Eastern Shore http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/sequester-hit-eastern-shore <p></p><p>The budget cuts that will be coming from the sequester in Washington D. C. this Friday could have a major impact on the Eastern Shore.</p><p>$14.4 million would be slashed from primary and secondary education while $9.4 million would be cut from education for children with disabilities.</p><p>John Fredericksen, superintendent of Wicomico County public schools…told the Salisbury Daily Times Times, that the school system would be forced to cut staff, classroom supplies and some after-school program hours.</p><p>And, that, he added, is all before the end of the year.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:47:03 +0000 Don Rush 29932 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Sequester to Hit Eastern Shore Rep. Andy Harris Holds Townhall on 2nd Amendment http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rep-andy-harris-holds-townhall-2nd-amendment <p></p><p>OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. Andy Harris has scheduled a town hall this weekend to talk about Second Amendment rights and gun-safety issues.</p><p>The Republican congressman's office said Tuesday the town hall will be held on Saturday in Ocean City.</p><p>The congressman's office says Maryland Delegates Mike McDermott and Charles Otto also are scheduled to attend.</p><p>In Annapolis, lawmakers are considering a comprehensive gun-control measure supported by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:45:15 +0000 Don Rush 29092 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Rep. Andy Harris Holds Townhall on 2nd Amendment Harris Votes No On Storm Relief Bill http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/harris-votes-no-storm-relief-bill <P>Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris joined fellow House Republicans in casting a vote against the House’s $9.7 billion storm relief aid package.</P> <P>The bill will help the mid-Atlantic region recover from Hurricane Sandy and was approved in the House by a vote of 354-67.</P> <P>Harris, whose district represents hard-hit areas such as Crisfield and Ocean City, said he wanted the bill to include reforms for the flood insurance program and believed it did not have sufficient financial support.</P> <P>He also called the measure a “another blank check and said that he would have used t Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:31:36 +0000 Don Rush 27086 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Harris Votes No On Storm Relief Bill Andy Harris Votes No On Fiscal Cliff Bill http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/andy-harris-votes-no-fiscal-cliff-bill <P></P> <P>Eastern Shore Republican Andy Harris said no to the legislation approved by the House last night to avoid – what has become known -- as the fiscal cliff.</P> <P>The 1<SUP>st</SUP> District Congressman joined outgoing Maryland Republican Roscoe Bartlett from the 6<SUP>th</SUP> Congressional District with the state’s remaining Democratic members voting in favor of the measure.</P> <P>In a statement, Harris said he disagreed with the ratio of tax increases to spending cuts adding that measure raised taxes by $40 for every $1 dollar in spending reductions.</P> <P>In addition, he sai Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:53:42 +0000 Don Rush 26873 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Andy Harris Votes No On Fiscal Cliff Bill Rep. Andy Harris To Hold Town Hall Meetings In Lieu of Debates http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rep-andy-harris-hold-town-hall-meetings-lieu-debates-1 <P>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Because his Democratic opponent has dropped out, Rep. Andy Harris is planning to hold town hall meetings in place of debates.</P> <P>Kathy Szeliga, Harris' campaign manager, said Friday that with Democrat Wendy Rosen's exit, Harris would better serve his constituents by holding town hall meetings instead. She also notes there could be multiple write-in candidates.</P> <P>Rosen abruptly announced Monday she was exiting the race. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:52:44 +0000 Don Rush 21194 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Rep. Andy Harris To Hold Town Hall Meetings In Lieu of Debates Rematch: Gilchrest Vs. Harris? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rematch-gilchrest-vs-harris <P>Voters in Maryland’s First Congressional District could be urged to cast their ballot for a familiar name.</P> <P>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that former congressman Wayne Gilchrest has emerged as one of two possible Democratic challengers to incumbent Republican Andy Harris.</P> <P>The resignation of Wendy Rosen as the party standard bearer after allegations of voter fraud came to the surface has caused Democrats to find a write in candidate.</P> <P>Gilchrest served as a Republican congressman on the Eastern Shore for nearly 2 decades before Harris defeated him in the party primar Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:14:19 +0000 Don Rush 21034 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Rematch: Gilchrest Vs. Harris? Democratic Candidate Quits Race Against Rep. Andy Harris http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/democratic-candidate-quits-race-against-rep-andy-harris <P>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democratic congressional candidate Wendy Rosen has withdrawn her candidacy after the state's Democratic Party says she voted in Maryland and Florida in the 2006 general election.</P> <P>Rosen told The Associated Press in a brief phone interview on Monday that she is withdrawing from her race against Republican Rep. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:57:09 +0000 Don Rush 20798 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Democratic Candidate Quits Race Against Rep. Andy Harris Congressman Andy Harris Blasts Democrats at GOP Convention http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/congressman-andy-harris-blasts-democrats-gop-convention <P>Congressman Andy Harris sharply attacked state and national Democrats yesterday during an appearance before Maryland’s delegation at the Republican National Convention.</P> <P>The Eastern Shore Republican charged they have been obstructionist and too dependent on raising tax revenue to close their deficits.</P> <P>Echoing the first President George Bush he told the delegates that the first thing the GOP did when it took control of the House was to pledge “No new Taxes”.</P> <P>Harris also called the budget plan laid out by the party’s vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan the Republican pl Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:20:53 +0000 Don Rush 20036 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Congressman Andy Harris Blasts Democrats at GOP Convention Party Lines Divide Delmarva Politicians on Court's Health Care Decision http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/party-lines-divide-delmarva-politicians-courts-health-care-decision <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Delmarva Congressional members split along party lines over the US Supreme Court&#39;s decision to uphold&nbsp;the&nbsp;President&#39;s Affordable Health Care Act.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Senator Ben Cardin (d-MD)&nbsp;and&nbsp;Senator Tom Carper (d-DE)&nbsp;hailed the decision, while&nbsp;Rep.&nbsp;Andy Harris&nbsp;(r-MD)&nbsp;said it would hurt the President&#39;s&nbsp;re-election chances.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Delmarva Public Radio&#39;s Jamyla&nbsp;Krempel&nbsp;prepared this report.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:41:24 +0000 Don Rush 15880 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net LaFlerla Concedes in Congressional Democratic Primary for Maryland First District http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/laflerla-concedes-congressional-democratic-primary-maryland-first-district <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The Democratic Primary race for Maryland&rsquo;s First Congressional district is finally over.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. John LaFerla, a Chestertown physician, has conceded to businesswoman Wendy Rosen.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In an email LaFerla told supporters that he did not believe he could regain the lead in the vote count.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:28:41 +0000 Don Rush 11237 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net